Roy K. Flint


Roy K. Flint

Brigadier General Roy K. Flint was born in Highland Park, Michigan. After graduating from Lincoln High School in Ferndale, Michigan, he enrolled in Albion College at Albion, Michigan. Two years later, he transferred to the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in June 1950. Within a few days of his graduation, the Korean conflict broke out, and General Flint enlisted in the Army. A year later, he graduated from the Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia.  After serving for a year as a tactical officer in Officer Candidate School, he was assigned to Korea, where he spent a year with the 2nd Infantry Division, commanding Company A, 23rd Infantry Regiment. He then moved to Hawaii with the 25th Infantry Division, where he served as operations officer for 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry and company commander for Company C. | In July 1956, General Flint returned to the United States, where he served as an assistant professor of military science and part-time graduate student at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Two years later, he was assigned to Fort Benning, where he attended the Infantry Officers’ Advanced Course, graduating in June 1959. He immediately returned to the University of Alabama, where he completed the requirements for his master’s degree in history in January 1960. | General Flint’s next assignment took him to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. There he served as battle group adjutant, 501st Airborne Infantry; as assistant division personnel officer; and as the assistant chief of staff. After leaving the 82nd, he attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and later served briefly as Aide-de-Camp to the commandant there. | General Flint’s next two assignments took him to Europe. He served a short attachment with the British 16th Parachute Brigade Group and then attended the British Staff College, graduating in December 1964. In January 1965, he moved to Army headquarters in Europe, where he was staff officer in the Operations Division and later the chief, Command and Control Section, Operations Division. In January 1967, General Flint returned to the United States to attend the Armed Forces Staff College. Upon completion of the staff college, General Flint went to Vietnam. | After serving as assistant to the Chief of Staff and Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army, Vietnam, he rejoined the 25th Infantry Division. There he commanded the 3rd Battalion of the 22nd Infantry during the Tet Offensive and subsequent campaigns. | General Flint returned to the United States in August 1968 and became an instructor in the Department of Military Art and Engineering at West Point. A year later, he attended the Air War College and then spent two years earning his doctorate in history at Duke University at Durham, North Carolina. | After completing his Ph.D., General Flint returned to West Point as a permanent associate professor in charge of the Military History Division, Department of History, and subsequently became the professor and deputy head of the department. From September 1980 to June 1981, General Flint was a fellow at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Institute for Historical Research, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., where he completed research on a book about generalship and the Korean War, to be published by the Free Press. In September 1981, he took over as professor and head of the Department of History. | General Flint became the eighth Dean of the Academic Board of the U.S. Military Academy 1 August 1985. | For his service in combat General was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Distinguished Flying Cross among many others.

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Graduated From
Fort Benning, Georgia
Key Assignment
82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Highest Award
Silver Star
Year Inducted
Branch Of Service
Brigadier General

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